Maureen Crandles

Dear Parents,

 

A member of our staff Joe Crandles, who has joined our Forest Schools team, with his dad Steve, after completing his degree in Education, has chosen to walk THE WEST HIGHLAND WAY (a total of 96 miles over a few days to raise funds for CALM).

 

This is to help raise awareness of young mens’ mental health issues and suicide prevention.

 

As you know we have several young men in the company and any support for this charitable event would be much appreciated.

 

I enclosed the relevant link

 

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/CALMWHW?utm_source=sms&utm_medium=fundraising&utm_content=CALMWHW&utm_campaign=pfp-sms&utm_term=35d2eca46d59445db4b1f342fe1eb968

 

Many thanks in anticipation

 

Best wishes

Maureen Crandles

Nursery Update

Dear Parents,

 

Just a few updates for you this week.

 

All About Me Books

 

The children are enjoying their transition to their new rooms and as a way for the staff and children to get to know each other better, we would like to create ‘All About Me’ books for each child and have accessible for the children to share with their wee friends and get to know each other better.

 

I was wondering if you could help us by sending in photographs of your family with captions written in your home languages and English, so that we can begin to create these books with your children.

As we have several children from all around the world, we are hoping to increase the children’s knowledge about the variety of countries our friends are from and the languages they speak.

 

 

Photos to include could be:

 

  • Parent/Parents/Guardians

  • Photos of any pets at home

  • Extended family such as, Grandparents, Uncles, Aunties and Cousins

  • Photographs of family events/holidays/or family activities

  • Photos of the child playing with favourite toy, reading favourite story etc

 

Please could you email these to me, and we can start creating these books with the children next week.

 

I was wondering if any of our lovely parents are having a little clear out and would like to donate any bilingual story books to the nursery, please let me know. The nursery would be more than happy to take these off your hands.

 

Chicken Pox

 

We have had confirmed cases of Chickenpox in our Toddler and Pre School room. If your child gets Chickenpox, please can I ask that you adhere to the Health Protection Scotland guidelines and keep them away from nursery for at least 5 days after the spots appear and that all of the spots have dried up completely before returning to nursery.

I have attached information from the NHS for your information

 

Chickenpox – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Sickness bug

 

We appear to have a sickness bug going around nursery at the moment. Please can I ask that you adhere to the NHS Lothian guidance and ensure that you keep your child off nursery for 48 hours after their last bout of sickness or diarrhoea.  This will help us to contain the bug. Staff are following enhanced cleaning procedures to help combat this.

 

I have attached information from the NHS on vomiting bugs.

 

Norovirus (vomiting bug) – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Forest Schools

 

Our older preschool children are having a fantastic time at Forest School and are so excited to share with their friends what they have been learning in the Forest on their return to nursery. Just a reminder to the children going each week to bring warm clothes and wellies.

 

Staff

 

Joanne and Roksana are on holiday next week therefore the staff in your child’s room will take observations of their key children and will provide you with feedback on your child’s online journal.

 

I hope you all have a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Claire Allan

Nursery Manager

Congratulations

A massive thank you to Nikki Monaghan who has been with the company for 20 years today.

We would also like to congratulate Claire Allan, manager of Early Days nursery who celebrated her 20th anniversary with the company last year during lockdown.

They have grown into the most innovative, hard working and talented staff members and have also gained a degree in Early Years and Childcare. They have shown true loyalty, dedication and leadership to the company over the years.

We are so proud of them both and send sincerest thanks from all at Early Days Nurseries!

Bring on the next 20 years!

Update from Maureen

Dear Parents and Staff,

 

We have received further notification and update from the Scottish Government today advising how the new ‘beyond 0’ regulations apply to the day to day running of our nurseries.

 

We have drawn up a list of our requirements which will be implemented or continued as from today.

 

  • There are some mitigations that we will be keeping in place; such as the requirement for staff to wear masks at key points in their working day and our preference for staff to remain two metres apart from each other during the working day whilst inside the setting.

  • We will continue to monitor transitions of groups of children between different part of the indoor space to avoid bottlenecks and crowding and we will continue with enhanced hand hygiene and cleaning procedures.

  • We will continue to ventilate all rooms well and will be using C02 detectors to monitor and assess the quality of ventilation.

  • Singing will now be permitted indoors. (hurrah!)

  • We will continue to notify our local Health Protection Team of positive Covid-19 cases and suspected/ positive cases to the Care inspectorate.

 

Continued practice and changes that affect parents, children and isolation periods directly.

 

  • Children will still be discouraged from bringing toys from home to the Nursery.

  • Visiting inside the nursery building for parents will be limited to a short indoor visit for new children on the first settle-in day as part of a longer settle where parents are initially met outside. This in turn will be managed to ensure only one parent is inside the building at any one time. Parents in these circumstances will be encouraged to partake in the universal Lateral Flow Testing on offer prior to entering the building and will be asked to complete a Covid questionnaire.

  • Pick up and collection systems will remain and parents will be required to wear face coverings for this unless medically exempt.

  • Staff will continue to hand over children promptly and feedback will be given in the child’s journal.

  • We will continue to maximise the opportunity for outdoor play and exercise for children.

  • No person, regardless of age should attend the nursery or after school provision if symptomatic of Covid-19. Everyone who develops symptoms of COVID-19 must self isolate straight away, stay at home or go home and should arrange a PCR test via the appropriate method. The Nursery should be informed of results prior to a child returning from self isolation.

  • Children under 5 years who are deemed to be a close contact of a positive case, be it at home, in the nursery environment or elsewhere are no longer required to attend for a PCR test if they remain without symptoms – but parents can arrange a test for your child in these circumstances if preferred.

  • Children under 5 years do not have to self isolate if they are a close contact of a positive case unless they develop symptoms in which case they should be immediately isolated and arrangement should be made for a PCR test.

  • Children over 5 years should self isolate if deemed to be a close contact and a PCR test should be arranged. Children over 5 do not have to self isolate as a close contact after they return a negative PCR result.

  • Adults – (staff and parents, visiting teachers) who have received both doses of the vaccine can end self isolation upon receipt of a negative PCR test if deemed to be a close contact. All other adults, even those adults with one dose of the vaccine must follow the self isolation period of 10 days recommended for close contacts.

 

With all of this in mind, despite a high take up of vaccinations by staff members we must remain careful and cautious. This does mean that we are very much headed into a safer direction but must some key mitigations should remain in place.

 

The input of Health Protection Scotland will be our main source of advice.

 

Thank you again for your support.

 

Best Wishes

Maureen Crandles

Early Days Nurseries
10 Walker Street EH3 7LA
0131 226 5751

www.earlydaysnursery.org.uk

Nursery Update

Dear Parents,

Well, what an eventful week we have had! Thank you all for following the advice and guidance, getting your children tested if requested and for your ongoing support.

I would like to reassure you that we continue to follow stringent cleaning regimes in nursery as well as complying with all the guidance set out by the Scottish Government. Please can I remind all parents that face masks must be worn at drop off and pick up times and to follow the 2-metre social distancing rule.

Staff are unable to give feedback at the door but all information will be on your child’s daily diary. All these steps are in place to help reduce the risk of transmission.

If your child does display symptoms of COVID all members of the household must self-isolate until they receive a negative PCR test. This means if a child is sent home due to having symptoms, any other sibling in nursery must also go home with them. I know some parents are using Lateral Flow tests to test their children, however It is important to note that these tests are only for people without symptoms.

After getting your child tested, as long as their test result is negative, and your child has been free from a temperature for 48 hours then they are ok to return to nursery if they are well enough to do so. If your child has been tested due to a cough and their test result comes back negative, they are able to come back to nursery as long as they are well enough. All results must be emailed to nursery before returning.

Just a gentle reminder that Health Protection have advised us that If your child has symptoms of the virus and you decide not to get them tested, your child must self-isolate for 10 days and can return to nursery on the 11th day as long as they are well enough to do so and have no COVID related symptoms.

I sincerely hope we don’t have any further cases however if we do hear of any I will let you know immediately.

Summer Holidays

Thank you to all of you who have already told us the dates your child will be on holiday over the summer. If your child won’t be in nursery at any point over the summer and you have not already emailed me, please send Nic or myself an email of the dates so that I can update our registers.

Staff

Sheena and Jane are on holiday next week therefore the staff in your child’s room will take observations of their key children and will provide you with feedback on your child’s online journal.

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards,

 

Claire Allan

Nursery Manager

Nursery Update

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you’ve all had a lovely week and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Long may it continue. Just a few things for you this week.

 

Summer Trips

 

Our annual Summer trips to the beach this week have been a great success. The children have all had an amazing time and the weather definitely held out for us which was an added bonus! Please remember to check our nursery app for your child’s room update and photos from their trips this week.

 

COVID 19

 

I would like to thank you for all your support with our pick up and drop off times. Can I please just remind everyone staff have been instructed not to engage in conversation with parents at the door, this includes feedback at the end of the day. As always, staff will give regular feedback using the learning journals, but if there is any information we require or if you would like to inform us of anything to do with your child, please contact us via telephone or email myself or Nic and likewise if staff need to talk to you about your child we will contact you.

 

As a staff team we continue to take our lateral flow tests twice weekly, we socially distance from each other, our rigorous cleaning procedures continue and we wear face masks when not working with the children. The majority of staff have also received their first vaccination too which is great news!

 

Please can I just remind all parents if you would like anything taken home at the end of your child’s week to email us on the day.   It ensures staff has everything ready and therefore avoiding any delays which may result in queues of parents gathering.

 

Clothes

 

Just a wee reminder that your child’s nursery bag must stay in nursery due to the potential transmission of COVID.  If you require anything sent home please email myself or Nic on their last day and we will have these ready for you at pick up time. If your child has brought in their own bag to nursery, the staff will send this home with you. If you bring in spare clothes can you just pop them into a plastic carrier bag and we will transfer them into your child’s nursery bag.

 

Pre School Graduation

 

We will hold a garden party for our Pre School Graduates in the Churchyard next Thursday 24th June as planned.  We will make sure this is a special day for them with lots of fun games, celebrations and party food for them to enjoy.  If your child is not in on Thursday they will of course be invited to come and join the party. You can drop them off at 2.30pm and collect them at 4.00pm. We will take lots of photos for you all to see.

 

We hope to have the actual graduation ceremony later in the summer in the hope that restrictions lift, enabling us to invite parents along.

 

Staffing

 

To ensure our staff gain valuable experience with different age groups and strengthening the teams in each room, after consulting with Lauren, she will move to our Pre School team at Old Coates House Nursery as part of her professional development. If Lauren is your child’s key worker you will be informed of your new key worker next week.

 

Sadly, Angelina will be leaving us as she has taken up a post closer to her home. I would like to thank Angelina for all of her hard work and commitment to Early Days Nursery.

 Congratulations to our cook Jamie who will be moving to Nairn and into his lovely new home. We will miss you both lots but wish you well in your new adventures!

 

I would like to welcome Kevin to our team who will be taking over Jamie’s post as our new cook.

 

I would also like to welcome Casey to our Pre School team, Casey is our new apprentice who joined us last week and is settling in well.

 

I have detailed below how our staff team will look going forward:

 

BABY ROOM

TWEENIE ROOM

TODDLER ROOM

PRE SCHOOL ROOM

Jane

Sheena

Kay

Alex

Jenny

Yasmin

Carmen

Ruxi

Kayleigh

Joanne

Caitlyn

Jose

Roksana

Chloe

Lauren

Danielle

June

Casey

Kay is on holiday next week therefore the staff in your child’s room will take observations of her key children and will provide you with feedback on your child’s online journal.

 

As always if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

Kind Regards

Claire Allan

Nursery Manager

Introducing Summer

Hi my name is Summer. I’ve always loved the idea of working with children and helping them be the best they can be since I became my little brother’s carer.

I have also danced for 10 years and recently began training other children to learn dance.

I am excited about starting this new adventure in my life and hopefully have a good impact and help other children.

Introducing Chelsea

Hello. My name is Chelsea, working with children is something I have always been passionate about since my parents became foster carers to babies and toddlers.

I have my childhood HNC and have a lot of experience with children from a variety of age groups as I have worked in both schools and nurseries.

I would like to be able to take my career further and progress towards a higher position in childcare.

I like going to the gym and baking a lot, I also enjoy watching the football and going to the games.

Summer Trip

Dear Parents,

 

I hope you are all enjoying this amazing weather. Long may it continue! I just wanted to give you some information about your child’s Summer trip.

 

Babies and Tweenies – North Berwick (Tuesday 15th June)

 

As we will be driving the children to North Berwick our babies will need to be safely seated in a car seat appropriate to their age and weight.  Can parents please drop off their child’s own car seat labelled (baby room only) on Tuesday morning (15th June) for us to use.  If there are any problems with this, can you please let me know.

 

Toddlers – Yellowcraigs Beach (Thursday 17th June)

 

Please can I ask that all toddlers bring a small rucksack with thick handles (that they can carry alone, not string straps or shopping bags).  The rucksack should have the following in it:

 

Swimsuit

Towel

Sunhat

Small bottle of water

Change of pants, trousers and socks

Sun cream

 

Old Coates House – Yellowcraigs Beach (Monday 14th June)

 

All Old Coates House children will need a rucksack with thick handles (that they can carry alone, not string straps or shopping bags).  The rucksack should have the following in it :

 

Swimsuit

Towel

Sunhat

Small bottle of water

Change of pants, trousers and socks

Sun cream

 

It is also important the children wear appropriate shoes and clothing for walking and playing outdoors and at the beach.

 

 

Can I ask that all rooms to be at nursery for 8.45 am on the day of your Summer trip to make the most of our outing. We will be travelling either by minibus or people carrier. We aim to have all children back at nursery by 4.00pm at the latest.

 

 

As it is a long day for both children and staff and the children are usually exhausted by the end of the day we would appreciate if you can collect your child earlier if possible, from nursery and as staff will have no breaks throughout the day it will give them a chance to get home a little earlier. Thanking you for your ongoing support!

 

 

We are all looking forward to a fun filled day at the beach!

 

As always if you have any questions, please let me know.

 

Kind Regards

 

Claire

 

Claire Allan

Nursery Manager

Nursery Update

Dear Parents,

 

I have recently received further guidance from Health Protection regarding testing children who are displaying symptoms.  They confirmed that if a child is displaying symptoms of COVID then parents should get a PCR test done.   I know some parents are using Lateral Flow tests to test their children however It is important to note that these tests are only for people without symptoms.  Anyone with symptoms should continue to follow the usual guidance,  self-isolate and book a PCR test at a test centre or via a home test kit at the earliest opportunity.

 

If your child has symptoms of the virus and you decide not to get them tested, your child must self-isolate for 10 days and can return to nursery on the 11th day as long as they are well enough to do so and have no COVID related symptoms.

 

After getting your child tested, as long as their test result is negative, and your child has been free from a temperature for 48 hours then they are ok to return to nursery if they are well enough to do so. If your child has been tested due to a cough and their test result comes back negative, they are able to come back to nursery as long as they are well enough. All results must be emailed to myself before they return to nursery.

 

Many Thanks

 

Claire Allan

Nursery Manager